Job scam quick guide: it's a scam if...

  • they want you to collect and forward money in any way (a "money mule" job). You'll wind up engaged in money laundering, personally defrauded via expertly forged cheques, money orders, etc, or defrauding someone else who pays for goods that never arrive.
  • they want you to receive packages and reship them somewhere else. The goods will have been obtained fraudulently, and they're just using you to make the shipping address appear local. You will be aiding fraud.
  • they want up-front payment (either to them or someone else) of any sort for anything before you can get the job. This is advance fee fraud: there is no job -- it's just a big con to extract money from you.
  • they want you to buy any kind of "membership" or "kit" in order to start. Forget it -- it's not a real job at all: they're trying to sell you something, and they're probably making a bunch of other false claims about it if they're pitching it as a "job".
  • it's a job offer, and it's spam. There are LOTS of these scams about, as you can see.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Petersons Brothers Fishing Company

This is a money mule scam which leaves its options open as to how the victim will be exploited. I believe that the domain name used in this scam was registered by the scammers: the website is not particularly convincing, and the registration is both anonymous and quite recent.

   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: YNS1.YAHOO.COM
   Name Server: YNS2.YAHOO.COM
   Updated Date: 19-oct-2008
   Creation Date: 19-oct-2008
   Expiration Date: 19-oct-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Petersons Brothers Fishing Company <>
Date: 2008/12/16
Subject: Job Offer (Payment Manager Needed)

I'm Erick Petersons, Human Resources head of Petersons Brothers fishing company , A British Fishing and fishing equipment company with branches in Africa(South Africa), Europe and Asia. We are currently in search of a payment collectors/company representative within Africa, Asia(India, Malaysia, Brunei, Bahrain), Europe, North and Central America and the Middle East Region. Our website is Your Job description is as follows: 1)You would receive payment on our behalf from any of our various clients which would come in the form of cashiers checks, travelers checks, money orders and bank transfers. 2)You get the payments cashed/deposited at your bank. 3)As soon as the payment has been cleared by your bank, you then deduct a commission of 10% of each payment you would be receiving on our behalf which you are entitled to as been our representative 4)You thus send the remainder funds back via western union to details you would be given as soon as it has been confirmed you have received payment. Our payments will be issued out in your name and transfers will be made into the bank account provided by you as we would inform our clients to do. Therefore the following details would be needed from via email. 1)Your Full name 2)Your Physical Address( Not P.O.Box) with your state, city and zip code 3)Your Phone number 4)Your Age and Gender 5)Your Occupation 6)Your Nationality 7)Your Martial status 8)Bank Name (Only RHB Bank required for Malaysian Applicants) Once we have all confirmed your details, it would be forwarded to all of our clients and they will start making payments to you as the company's representative in your area .We would notify you as soon we confirm that any of our clients has mailed out payment to you and a letter of appointment will be issued out to you. We await your urgent response. Warmest Regards, Erick Petersons, Head Human Resources Department Petersons Brothers Fishing Company

Halliburton Oil and Gas

There isn't enough detail in this scam to say what it is for sure, but the most common scam associated with Malaysia is Advance Fee Fraud. If that's the case, then all applicants who express an interest in this job will be offered a position, but will have to pay some kind of fee (probably a visa-related fee) before they can start. There is no job, only fees.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: HALLIBURTON OIL AND GAS <[redacted (not credible)]>
Date: 2008/12/15 UTC
Subject: Your Name Has Been Short Listed

11th Floor, Menara Tan & Tan
207, Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Tel: +60169785342

Your name has been short listed/Chosen among the Lucky expatriates who submitted the CV to the MALAYSIA ONLINE JOB ,before we will issue you the Success

Letter and the Contract Document You have to fill the following information's and send it back to us
Full Names
Zip code:
Marital Status:

Get back to me as soon as possible.
 Bar. Najib Mohamed
 Head of Recruitment Service

Friday, December 12, 2008


This is probably the scam previously reported as "Finance International Ltd" under a new name. Note that the contact name in both cases uses the surname "Lesken". In the case of the spam sample below, the sign-off is "Michael Lesken", but the contact name is "Viktor Lesken". As usual, these people are looking for suckers to launder stolen money for them.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (probably not true)]
Date: 2008/12/12 UTC
Subject: Wellington/Perth - AU/NZ job
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Hello,  [redacted].
Due to company expansion onto Asia/Pacific financial market
we will need regional representatives in Australia and New Zealand.
We have full and part time positions available. The vacancy will be
opened until 28th of December 2008. We offer USD $2100 p/month.
Contact Viktor Lesken with your Enquiry/Resume or CV on
We will be providing full training if you suit our organization.
You must have at least a work permit to apply. Experience in
financial field is preferable but not a must. Thank you for your

LV-Finance ltd
Michael Lesken
Management Department

Monday, December 08, 2008


Ho hum, this is another check forgery scam using a textiles company as a cover story. This is way more common than you might think: try searching for the word "textiles" on this blog to see what I mean. The scammer wants to send forged checks to victims, have them bank the checks, then send back cash via Western Union. The check then bounces, leaving the victim much poorer for his or her efforts.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Benjamin Taylor <[redacted (not credible)]>
Date: 2008/12/8
Subject: JOB OFFER
To: undisclosed-recipients


Here is the detailed information on the part time job. K & M INT TEXTILES  COMPANY is seeking  a part time bookkeeper to work either one day or two days depending on their schedule.

This person will be responsible for basic check and balance, invoicing,check cashing.This position does not affect your  present job. Our company produces various clothing materials, batiks,assorted fabrics and traditional costumes.

We have clients we supply weekly in the states and my clients make payments for our supplies every week.

These payments can not be processed outside the united state.So we need someone in the States to work as our representative and assist us in processing the payments from our clients and I will pay him/her a weekly wage, by percentage.

All you need to do is receive this payment from our clients in the States and get it deposited or cashed in your bank.

You will be getting 10%  on each payment you process as your own fee of working for my company.I want you to get back to me with the following informations if you are interested.

FIRST NAME..............................LASTNAME.................
PHONE NUMBER (S)...............................
MARITAL STATUS......................

Kindly send the required information to me via my email  if only you  are willing to work from home part-time and get paid weekly by 10%.Thus Your information will be forwarded to our numerous clients in the states so as to issue  out payment.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Benjamin Taylor
Ivy Mill, Lorne Street
Bolton BL47LW
United Kingdom.

Norsten Logistics Ltd

My apologies for being a bit slow to report this one. This appears to be a reshipper scam targeted at US residents. A fair bit of effort has been put into the website, but they are evidently keeping the same website layout as they churn through different names. For example, Bobbear recently reported a nearly identical scam operating under the name "Kraemer Logistics".

The reshipper scam means that the "employee" will be required to receive goods which have been purchased using stolen credit cards (or similar) and re-ship the goods overseas to the fraudsters.

   Registrar: ENOM, INC.
   Whois Server:
   Referral URL:
   Name Server: NS1.BDNS.CO.CR
   Name Server: NS2.BDNS.CO.CR
   Updated Date: 28-nov-2008
   Creation Date: 28-nov-2008
   Expiration Date: 28-nov-2009

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: [redacted (false, random)]
Date: 2008/12/4 UTC
Subject: Additional Salary
To: [redacted (privacy)]

Start your career with a huge international company right now!

Dear Sir/ Madam

My name is David Wharton and I want to offer you a promising job, which will give you a worthy income and a possibility of promotion. Norsten Logistics Ltd is announcing about the recruitment of couriers in USA. For this vacancy we are searching for punctual, diligent and reliable employees.

Our company Norsten Logistics was created in 1991. It offers wide range of warehousing, international air and marine shipment services. Moreover, it provides a reliable truck and railway service within the territory of Europe and USA. Our branch-offices are situated in more than 15 countries all over the world.
                                                                              Right now there are only 25 vacancies, and thus, we need to find 25 people, which will work with us.

                                                       Our requirements for the vacancy:
                                                                          - Age from 18 to 60 years.
- Residence in USA with the US-registration.
- Constant access to the Internet, plus basic knowledge of PC ( a confident E-mail, MS Word and Excel-user).
- Possibility of working at home. You may consider this job as a part-time-one or as an additional earning, providing that you have an opportunity of receiving and sending the packages (from warehouses).

                                                                     You will be provided with all the working materials. All the payments are up fronted. There are no hidden fees.            

This offer will be active within 15 business days.                                                                                
All the additional information about this job-offer can be found on our web-site:

If you are interested in this vacancy, please, send us a letter with your short resume: